Rural Family Photos with Three Little Brothers

Lansing photo locations: rural family photos with three brothers

I first met this adorable family last year when I photographed their family photos on MSU’s campus. Last fall, we got together again to focus on the boys with golden light sweeping in over the farm behind us (thanks to Lisa for being a champion at holding the reflector to keep the sun from flaring up in my camera).

These boys have always made me so excited to watch my own daughters grow up together—it’s so much fun to see them interact—especially when I let them loose as a big ball of boy energy 🙂

Lansing photo locations: rural family photos with three brothers
Lansing photo locations: rural family photos with three brothers
Lansing photo locations: rural family photos with three brothers
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A Sister Session + A Surprise For Mom

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Casey came to me on a secret mission – to put together a photo shoot with her sister, Amy, and to surprise their mom with beautiful framed photos of the two of them together for Christmas. I was ALLLL about this mission, so we set out for Fenner Nature Center to make it happen.

As a mom to two daughters, I can only hope that they’ll turn out as sweet and loving as these two. Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the photo they sent me of the final photos framed in their mom’s house (I especially love the puzzle in the photo—it reminds me so much of my own mom!).

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Romantic + Fun Summer Engagement Photos on Michigan State’s Campus

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Kelsey and Andrew were so down for getting into the prompts that I gave them during their engagement photos—and it totally shows in their huge laughs and their genuinely sweet moments together.

This was the first set of engagement photos that I ever took with my favorite new lens, and I swear to you that this thing is never leaving my side again.

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Royal Wedding Inspiration: Timeless Gold Ballroom Wedding Photos

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I just happened to schedule an afternoon out to see Beauty and the Beast with friends the day after Lauren and Kyle’s wedding, and as I jumped into editing that week, I couldn’t help but see the similarities between their wedding and the gorgeous royal castle where it all takes place. Even the candlesticks had a striking resemblance to Lumière—and Lauren’s classic white bouquet by Petal and Forrest echoed the colors of the 2011 royal wedding that we all know and love. Add in a classic cathedral veil and gold chairs from Chair Happy, and you have the perfect elegant, timeless wedding. Scroll all the way down for more details from Lauren, along with a list of wedding vendors.

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From Lauren, the bride:

Kyle and I worked really hard to incorporate a lot of the traditional items in weddings that were important to us, a family-focused and intimate event, and also something that really reflected both Kyle and my personalities. Some details we incorporated to make it unique to us:

  • Our wedding colors: I’m a Spartan grad (therefore, green and white) and Kyle is a graduate of Adrian College (black and gold). Much of our relationship grew while I worked at Adrian College, and we spend a LOT of our time on the campus of MSU. We incorporated our past and our present with the colors.
  • Our wedding party: Not only was it important to us to have some of our best friends by our side—including fraternity brothers, lifelong friends, and high school besties. But also our siblings! On Kyle’s side, his little brothers joined in as groomsmen. And on my side, my best friends in the whole world (besides Kyle!), my brothers Brent and Matt (who served as my “best men”—or, as they’d like to call themselves, “Hand of the Bride”)
  • The decor: I’m definitely more into fancy, traditional, ornate things—so things like decorative chairs, special charger plates and fancy invites. Kyle is more rustic and has an extensive background in biology—so we incorporated wood accents, lots of flowers.
  • Our vows: We wrote our own vows
  • Our wedding music: It was important to my mom that “The Lord’s Prayer” be sung, as it was sung at my parents’ wedding. Kyle’s grandfather, Phil Knapp, is an avid singer. It matched perfectly! A song that is important to my family, and singing that is important to Kyle’s family. It was a lovely blend of the two. (My mom’s best friend, Tama, played the piano to accompany Phil.)
  • Spending time with just our wedding party after the ceremony and before the reception started: These people are our besties—and we knew the day would be busy. Setting aside a small amount of time to hang out with JUST them was important to us.
  • Obviously family is important to us, so we made an effort to make sure each person had a role that day. Our brothers served as groomsmen. My dad walked me down the aisle. Our moms served as hostesses. Kyle’s dad gave the blessing.

Wedding Vendors:

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